Utility Pole Inspections Begin This Week

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KISSIMMEE, Fla., October 9, 2009 – Kissimmee Utility Authority’s annual utility pole inspection program kicks off this week and continues for the next several months. The inspections are designed to ensure the stability of the utility’s wood transmission and distribution poles during extreme weather conditions.

During the inspection period, customers may observe pole inspectors on or near their property. These individuals are working under the supervision of KUA and carry identification cards.

KUA contracted with Buffalo, New York-based Osmose Utilities Services, Inc. in 2007 to assist with its annual inspection of utility poles. The inspections include a visual from the groundline, sound and bore, and strength analysis for every pole. Based on the outcome of the inspection, poles may be treated, reinforced, or replaced as needed.

KUA currently maintains 14,604 wood distribution poles and 249 wood transmission poles throughout its 85-square mile service area in Osceola County. All new transmission construction involves the use of concrete or steel poles for increased stability.

In 2006, the Florida Public Service Commission mandated regular pole inspections for investor-owned utilities and telephone companies, but made the inspections optional for municipal utilities and rural electric cooperatives. In an effort to ensure the highest level of reliability and customer confidence, KUA voluntarily adopted the inspection standards.

Founded in 1901, KUA (www.kua.com) is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility providing electric and telecommunication services to 62,000 customers in Osceola County, Fla.

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Chris M. Gent
(407) 933-9836
cgent@kua.com